Date set for first round of tests on problem-plagued LRT signalling system

The first round of city testing on the problem-plagued LRT signalling system will take place this Sunday, shutting down passenger service on two lines for about six hours.

The closure is the first of several that will happen in coming months as the city evaluates work done by Thales Canada Inc., the company responsible for the signalling system on the Metro Line, the city said Monday in a news release.

The Metro Line LRT opened in 2015, more than a year and a half late. But the signalling system on the Metro Line LRT wasn’t properly merged with that on the Capital Line LRT, resulting in slower trains and reduced frequencies.

In early December, Thales said it was confident that all the problems had been fixed.

In coming months, city will conduct an intensive evaluation of the work, including documents and field testing, to ensure Thales has met its contractual obligations.

“The city anticipates there will be one and a half days of system-wide LRT closures each month to accommodate testing,” the news release said, adding it will to minimize the disruptions.

Both the Capital and Metro lines will be affected by the testing on Sunday, which will take place between 5 a.m. and 11 a.m.

“Customers will still see trains operating on the tracks, but will not be permitted to board,” the news release said.

The city has been withholding $22 million from the company, and has said Thales won’t get paid until the city determines the LRT is working properly.

The Metro Line LRT, which has more than 19,000 riders each week, has stops at MacEwan University, the Royal Alexandra Hospital and NAIT.

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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.


Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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